Grace Lutheran Church and School


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Second Sunday After Epiphany, January 19, 2020

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Holy Communion at 8:30 and 11am

Prayer of the Day
Holy God, our strength and our redeemer, by your Spirit hold us forever, that through your grace we may worship you and faithfully serve you, follow you and joyfully find you, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.

Scripture readings
Isaiah 49:1-7
Psalm 40:1-11
1 Corinthians 1:1-9
John 1:29-42

"Hidden in Plain Sight"
Twice in our Gospel today, John announces the presence of Jesus as Jesus is walking by. It's almost as if Jesus is trying to mind his own business and keep a low profile, when suddenly John calls attention to him. We don't know for sure, of course, but it's interesting to imagine the context. Today's passage is one of the first of many examples in John's Gospel that point particularly to Jesus at work in ways that we might not otherwise see or understand. Today, John the Baptist declares and exclaims twice, "Look, here he is! Here is the Lamb of God." This Lamb of God is just walking around, blending in, part of the scene. He doesn't announce himself. He doesn't draw attention to himself. He's simply around. Hidden, you might say. Today, this Lamb of God is present in much the same way. Though now we know the rest of the story, Jesus still chooses to remain hidden in our midst, and we are the ones who point to and announce his presence — in water, bread, wine, Word, in each other ...  and in the people who are just walking around and blending in to the scene.


Entrance Hymn LBW 203 Now We Join in Celebration
Hymn of the Day WOV 648 Jesus, Come! For We Invite You
Distribution hymns WOV 768 He Comes to Us as One Unknown
  LBW 14 Listen! You Nations
Sending hymn WOV 654 Alleluia, Song of Gladness
  LBW     Lutheran Book of Worship
WOV    With One Voice


Education hour at 9:45am

Anxiety and the Over-Achieving Teen
Child psychologist David Jezl offers tips and suggestions from his years of practice.

The Sunday morning Bible study group meets in the conference room. 

Adult Ed schedule for January and February

Sunday School, Pre-Confirmation
and Confirmation classes meet in their regular classrooms. 
2019-20 Sunday School, Pre-Confirmation and Confirmation schedule

The Grace Church Library is open and staffed on Sundays from 8:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Look for books related to Adult Ed topics as well as many other subjects. The library is also open for self-service during the week.


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